SHATOTTO: ARCHITECTURE FOR GREEN LIVING

Shatotto intends to unearth the lost history and heritage of Bengal and recreate the missing link of its urban and rural culture. Shatotto also tries to bridge the gaps between architectural values and the current crisis of a responsible architecture, in order to generate conversation among people, communities and nature for a healthy society.

Muhammad Rafiq Azam, the principal architect of Shatotto, graduated in 1989 from Bangladesh Engineering University, Dhaka, and started the firm in 1995. His many awards in both art and architectural work include the J.K. Cement International Award, the Institute of Architects Bangladesh Design Award, first prize in the Mimar International Design Competition, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Gold Medal. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York (1998), Dhaka (1999) and Nepal (1995). Mr. Azam has participated in group exhibitions for ARCASIA, the Asian Bienniale, and the Bangladesh National and Young Artists' Exhibitions.

MAHMOOD RESIDENCE
UTTARA, DHAKA, 2001

Considering the climate, shades have been created in a contemporary manner to protect the building from sun and rain, and at the same time, to enjoy the dramatic sun, rain and wind with the varying moods of the different seasons and days. One of the important features of this project is the window that is a transformation of "khirkee," a traditional feature of old Dhaka buildings. The purpose of the "khirkee" was to symbolically create an "eye," particularly for the children through which they could see the world outside.

CENTER FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED HOSPITAL
MIRPUR, DHAKA, 2003


CENTER FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED HOSPITAL, MIRPUR, DHAKA, 2003